Review: Si Cranstoun at the Wedgewood Rooms

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From the moment the King of Vintage stepped on stage at the Wedgewood Rooms, the energy levels were turned all the way to 11.

The beaming smile of Si Cranstoun just oozes fun, which is exactly what he provided right from the get go.

Kick starting with the title track of his latest album Modern Life, heads started bopping and hips started swinging.

It didn’t take much encouragement to get the Southsea crowd jiving, and by the time he played Coupe De Ville the party was in full swing.

With no support act on the night, Cranstoun and his band played two 45 minutes sets.

During the interval Cranstoun took time out to meet and greet fans, before returning to the stage with Shout Out.

With the crowd nicely warmed up, cover versions of Ray Charles’ I Gotta Woman and Frankie Ford’s Sea Cruise were given the Cranstoun treatment.

As the night came to its close the man who had been commanding the stage all night had the crowd twisting the night away, closing with his own rendition of Jackie Wilson’s Reet Petite.

After a huge ovation, Cranstoun and his band returned finishing with Dance For Evermore and Dynamo.

It was clear from the start that Cranstoun was born to do this, but it is his infectious energy which will have people coming back for more.